A source had told Page Six that the “Saturday Night Live” comedian was close to signing a deal after he and girlfriend Kim Kardashian were spotted having dinner with Bezos and his longtime partner Lauren Sanchez at the billionaire’s Los Angeles estate.
The source added that “Pete is excited” and revealed that “They haven’t signed a contract yet, but it looks like it’s going to happen. The details are being finalized.” The source added that Pete “got on really well with Jeff when they met.”
It seems that the contract has been finalized, as Blue Origin announced the news on Monday, March 14.
Blue Origin Announces That Pete Davidson Is Heading To Space
#NewShepard mission #NS20 will include Marty Allen, @NBCSNL’s Pete Davidson, @SharonHagle, Marc Hagle, @JimKitchen, and @DrGeorgeNield. Liftoff on March 23 is targeted for 8:30 am CDT / 13:30 UTC from Launch Site One. Read more 🚀: https://t.co/z8jXdnA9n4 pic.twitter.com/a2zIdCf2Mt
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) March 14, 2022
On Monday morning, the Blue Origin Twitter account posted a short statement that read, “#NewShepard mission #NS20 will include Marty Allen, @NBCSNL’s Pete Davidson, @SharonHagle, Marc Hagle, @JimKitchen, and @DrGeorgeNield. Liftoff on March 23 is targeted for 8:30 am CDT / 13:30 UTC from Launch Site One.”
The upcoming NS-20 flight on March 23 will include Marty Allen, Pete Davidson, husband and wife duo Sharon and Marc Hagle, Jim Kitchen, and Dr. George Nield. A statement on the website confirmed that this is the fourth human space flight for their New Shepard program and the 20th in its history.
Each member of the spaceflight will be given a postcard to space on behalf of their foundation, Club for the Future. Their Postcards to Space program gives students access to space on Blue Origin’s rockets. The aim of the organization is to inspire students to pursue careers in the STEM field.
Jim Kitchen commented on the Twitter post, saying, “I am truly honored to be a part of this mission!”
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— Tin Investor (@TinInvestor) March 14, 2022
“Y’all take good care of Pete,” another wrote. “Excited for him but nervous!” Other fans joked that “Donda” rapper Kanye West might try to sabotage the space flight, given the public nature of their recent feud.
Who Are The Crew Members That Will Be Taking Part In The Mission?
“Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson is by far the most recognizable name on the list. After joining “SNL” in 2014, he co-wrote and starred in the semi-autobiographical film “The King of Staten Island” in 2020. He also appeared in 2021’s “The Suicide Squad,” directed by James Gunn.
Marty Allen was the CEO of Party America and the former CEO of California Closet Company. He also mentors CEO through his various boards. He is known for adopting companies facing bankruptcy and turning them into major retailers.
Sharon Hagle is the founder of SpaceKids Global. In 2015, she founded the nonprofit with the hope of inspiring students to excel in STEM education. The organization aims to inspire young girls in particular and has partnered with the Girl Scouts of Citrus County. Her husband, Marc Hagle, is president and CEO of Tricor International. The couple have sponsored and supported many art, science, health, and educational charities.
How cool is this? @UNC Professor @JimKitchen is heading to space on a @blueorigin rocket! He’s part of an all-civilian crew that will blast off March 23rd, along with @nbcsnl’s Pete Davidson. Kitchen has already been to all 193 U.N.-recognized countries & soon, SPACE! @wral pic.twitter.com/AjP7t7FBXg
— Renee Chou (@chouchoutv) March 14, 2022
Jim Kitchen is a teacher, entrepreneur, and explorer who has visited all 193 U.N.-recognized countries. Since 2010, he has been serving on the faculty of University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flager Business school.
Dr. George Nield is the president of Commercial Space Technologies, LLC, which he founded to encourage and promote commercial space activities. He had previously served as associate administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation and was responsible for licensing and regulating all commercial launch activities. He also previously served as an engineer at the Air Force Flight Test Center and the Orbital Science Corporation. He also served as a research director at the U.S. Air Force Academy and manager of the Flight Integration Office for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program.